Wentz a full go as OTAs get underway

Ed Benkin
May 21, 2019 - 6:18 pm
Doug Pederson gave his Carson Wentz the green light to hit the field for this week's workouts.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Doug Pederson was ready for the question and was more than happy to give the answer. 

The Eagles head coach is used to hearing questions from the media about the health of Carson Wentz. Pederson would not reveal last week if Wentz would be a full go for the start of the team's Organized Team Activities on Tuesday.  

Wentz missed last season's OTAs recovering from a knee injury, and an injury to his back forced him out of action at the end of the 2018 campaign. However, the coach gave his quarterback the green light to hit the field for this week's workouts.

"This is the time to kind of get on the same page," said Pederson. "We're working through some things, schematically, offensively, defensively, on special teams. Is it important that he's out there? I do think it's important that he's there working with the guys, and so that's why I'm excited that he gets a chance to do that."

Wentz was just as excited as he joined his teammates on the field in South Philadelphia.   

"A lot of work to get there," Wentz said. "I'm just excited to be back out there and be with the guys. I was finally facing a defense with all that camaraderie going on. It was a fun day."

Wentz has a host of offensive weapons at his disposal this season. 

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One player who is expected to make a huge impact is DeSean Jackson. The wide receiver is back for his second stint with the Eagles and Wentz is looking forward to settling in with the speedster.

"It's exciting," said Wentz. "It's hard to really say right now since we're just finally getting going, but it's exciting with just the dynamic he can bring. Whether he's catching balls each game or not, I think it will open up some things underneath and he'll be a huge addition to our team."

One veteran who is not at the voluntary workouts is Malcolm Jenkins. The safety has seen several other players at his position receive big contracts in the off-season, so there is speculation he is hoping for a change in his deal with the Eagles.  

Pederson does not believe the situation with Jenkins will affect the rest of his teammates this week.

"It is a voluntary program," Pederson said. "Malcolm is one of those guys, leader of the football team, and not concerned with him. We're going to keep our focus on the guys that are here and get better today."

Wentz and the rest of the Eagles hope to get better in the 2019 season. Expectations are high once again after the team fell just short of a second straight trip to the NFC Championship game. Wentz is not only looking to prove he belongs in the company of the NFL's elite quarterbacks, but is also hoping to stay healthy after two straight years of season-ending injuries.   

For Wentz, the first step came on Tuesday.

"I feel great," said Wentz. "There's no limitations out there, so I'm out there doing team drills and doing all of that stuff. It seemed like it was awhile for me, but I feel really good going forward and, obviously, I'm cleared and ready to roll."